Taylor Swift is facing backlash online after a report by an environmentally-focused marketing firm found the pop singer’s heavy use of a private jet made her the world’s biggest polluter celebrities of the year so far.
The report, released by UK agency Yard on Friday, used publicly available data to compile a list of the top greenhouse gas-emitting celebrities based on their regular use of private jets. Swift, who has spoken out on climate change and campaigned for Democrats, drew criticism online after she topped the list.
Private jets, already seen as a symbol of privilege and wealth, produce the most emissions per passenger as a form of air travel, according to the report. Despite the outward concern of many celebrities over climate change, many continue to rely on private jets for relatively short flights, some lasting only a few minutes.
Yard compiled statistics for the Celebrity Jets Report, a Twitter account that tracks private jet travel by celebrities, with data dating back to the start of the year covering the number of flights each celebrity took, flight time average, miles and greenhouse gas emissions.
Swift came out on top, with a total of 170 flights on her private jet, nearly 16 days in the air since January.
“A fairly large amount considering she’s not currently touring,” the report noted.
The “Shake It Off” singer had an average flight time of just 80 minutes and averaged almost 140 miles per flight, with the shortest clocking in at a 36-minute trek from Missouri to Nashville. Swift’s total flight emissions for 2022 are equivalent to nearly 8,300 metric tons of greenhouse gases, or 1,200 times more than the annual emissions of an average person.
Twitter users were quick to react to news of the pop star’s show listing placement.
“taylor swift has emitted more co2 this year than an average american in 550 years and more than an indian in over 4,300 years”, internet user Bes D.Marx said.
“Favorite this Tweet the next time you see a celebrity ranting about protecting the environment.” Joel M. Petlin, a school administrator and writer, responded. “I don’t know if Taylor Swift does this, but too many others do, but they rarely get called out for hypocrisy.”
Anna Tingleya writer for Varietyalso added: “obsessed that there is finally a valid reason to cancel taylor swift.”
“Look what you just made me do”, user Mass of Noah wrote, riffing on the name of a popular 2017 single from the singer. “Taylor Swift goes to No. 1 on the chart. (“Leaving on a jet plane” – Taylor’s version).”
The report describes the results as surprising, noting that reality TV star Kylie Jenner has come under fire for her social media posts about her private jet. Jenner ranked 19th on the overall list and was not included in the final 10 celebrity filing.
Behind Swift was boxer Floyd Mayweather, who produced more than 7,000 metric tons of carbon from his private jet and averaged 25 flights a month, including one lasting just 10 minutes.
Rapper Jay-Z was third, completing 136 flights this year and producing just under 7,000 metric tons of carbon.
Newsweek contacted Swift through her publicist for comment.